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Anti-Train: Day 25

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Do you ever eat fast food? How does it make you feel?

Rarely anymore, especially since I used to eat it all.the.time. When I do it now, I feel all sneaky and shiz and then… I feel (1) guilty because I was “sneaky” about it (who I’m sneaking it from considering I live alone… don’t ask, I never said I was normal) and then (2) tummy upset because I so rarely eat that crap anymore. Suffice it to say, it’s generally just not worth it.

I say generally. Because every so often, that burger and those fries… On those days, I accept what I have put in my mouth and workout like a fiend. That won’t work every single time, but when I do it… Plus, I’ve changed how I eat my fast food. I’ll go to Five Guys instead of Mickey D’s for example. A few bucks more, but definitely a better taste and a better result. So while it’s not “perfect”, it’s doable and it becomes one of my “out” meals where I go into feeling good. I.e. we lose the guilt portion of the above notations. So, that also helps. If I’m going to eat out, I might as well make it good and take advantage.

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. ~World Health Organization, 1948

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    It depends how you define fast food.

    IF you think of fast food as McDonald's/Wendy's/etc... then I very very very rarely eat it. When I do have it, it's a planned indulgence (such as some delicious orange chicken from Panda Express). I don't tend to go to the burger places b/c they're not as tasty as other burger places LOL. Since it's almost always planned, I don't regret it and am thankful that I can fit in such indulgences.

    However, if by fast food you mean anything I can get quickly... I work in the financial district in SF and there's a LOT of opportunity to get quick food rather than pack my lunch. I feel guilty b/c I almost never know the actual nutritional values, it often means forgoing a lunch workout to go get it, and I don't have the money to spend. An occasional planned lunch out is one thing, but it happens more frequently than my wallet, my stomach, and I prefer. Simialrly, I eat dinner out more than I'd like. Mike and I will get lazy about cooking and we're actually pretty good at making tasty food, we just hate dishes and hate grocery shopping. We need to work at that b/c one night out always turns into 5 or 6...
    3100 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/1/2011 12:19:08 PM
    I love that quote!

    As for fast food, I occasionally indulge but in the same way you do - with a "good" fast food place. I feel nasty when I eat "typical" fast food and try to avoid it unless it's out of my hands, like if I'm with someone else. As you said, it's just not worth it!

    And if you ever need some additional motivation, read Fast Food Nation or The Omnivore's Dilemma. I guarantee you'll be even less inclined to frequent those places! :)
    3100 days ago
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    I stay away from fast food! But if Subway is considered fast food I do go there, every once in awhile!
    3100 days ago
    I usually regret it when I do since it tickles my stomach in the wrong way.
    3101 days ago
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    I couldn't tell you the last time I ate McD's. Burger King was last week, and I felt like crap the next day during my run.... But, I was fine after Five Guys! LOL

    It does make a difference!

    Just wish we could remember that BEFORE we slip up! LOL
    3101 days ago
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